Fantasy Week 7 Cut List: Sam Darnold, Jerick McKinnon, Nelson Agholor can be dropped

Following an underwhelming Week 6, who are the players on the Week 7 cut list that fantasy managers should be removing from their rosters?

Roster management is the single most important in-season task for fantasy football players. Just as important as adding the right players is knowing when players need to go. What players find themselves on our Week 7 fantasy football cut list?

Fantasy Week 7 Cut List | Quarterbacks

Let’s go position by position and pinpoint players that no longer need to be on your fantasy roster. What fantasy quarterbacks are on the Week 7 cut list?

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

After four weeks, fantasy managers and football fans alike were asking, “Will the real Sam Darnold please stand up?” And he did.

After three consecutive 300-yard passing games, Darnold’s thrown for 177 and 207 yards, respectively, in the past two weeks. Furthermore, he’s thrown 6 interceptions in the last three games after throwing just 1 the three weeks prior. In Week 6, Darnold attempted a season-high 41 passes yet completed a season-low 17 of them.

There will likely be future weeks where Darnold is a worthwhile streamer, but his push towards being a guy that belongs on fantasy rosters has come to a screeching halt.

Running Backs

The following fantasy running backs are on the Week 7 cut list.

Jerick McKinnon, Kansas City Chiefs

Jerick McKinnon was worth a shot in the event Andy Reid decided to split up backfield work a little more. Instead, Darrel Williams played 72% of the snaps and looked far better than Clyde Edwards-Helaire ever has. McKinnon is a pure backup and does not need to be rostered.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

After a 6-reception Week 4, fantasy managers were hopeful that was the start of a push for Kenneth Gainwell to see more work in the Eagles’ backfield. The opposite was true.

Gainwell followed that up with season lows in snaps and touches in Week 5. He then set new lows again in Week 6. Miles Sanders certainly hasn’t been productive, but he’s the clear primary back, and there’s nothing left for Gainwell. He’s still likely Sanders’ primary handcuff, but if you need the roster spot, you can send him back to the waiver wire.

David Johnson, Houston Texans

There was a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Texans were moving back to David Johnson after he caught 5 passes for 46 yards in Week 5. Unfortunately, it was just a mirage. Johnson touched the ball all of 3 times last week and somehow managed to lose a fumble as well. He can safely be dropped.

Week 7 Fantasy Cut List | Wide Receivers

Which fantasy wide receivers are on the Week 7 cut list?

Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots

The reality is Mac Jones cannot support more than one fantasy-viable wide receiver. That honor belongs to Jakobi Meyers.

Nelson Agholor hasn’t caught a touchdown or posted more than 3 receptions since Week 1. He’s now scored single-digit fantasy points in five consecutive games. The Patriots operate a run-heavy offense, and Agholor is not the man playing in single-receiver sets. His snap share has decreased in just about every game this season. You can drop him.

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams

To be perfectly honest, there just weren’t many names I felt comfortable advising fantasy managers to drop this week.

Van Jefferson was a popular pickup a couple of weeks ago and is still out there on some rosters. Cooper Kupp is a dominant target hog, and Robert Woods remains the WR2 in Los Angeles. Jefferson is just a random event. There are a dozen of those guys out there if you need them. You can let Jefferson go.

Tight Ends

Are there any tight ends on the Week 7 cut list?

Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots

Most weeks, the cut list won’t even feature a tight end because the position is so weak that almost anyone is worth rostering. However, Jonnu Smith does not meet that very low bar.

Smith is still playing more snaps than Hunter Henry, but he’s mostly there to block. Henry, meanwhile, is the preferred option in the passing game and in the red zone. Smith’s season-high in yardage and receptions came in Week 1 when he went 5-42. He’s been targeted just twice in each of his last two games. There’s nothing here to hold on to.

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers

The fact that Robert Tonyan is still rostered in over half of Yahoo leagues blows my mind. Aside from a random 3-52-1 game in Week 2, here are Tonyan’s PPR point totals in his other five games: 2.8, 1.6, 2.8, 1.8, 3.0. That is not someone that belongs on fantasy rosters, even in deep leagues.

Jason Katz is a Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13 and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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